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History Of Baba Balak Nath

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Baba Balak Nath ji is a Punjabi and Hindu deity worshipped in the northern Indian states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The shrine is known as "Deotsidh". Baba balak Nath ji''s Temple is situated at village Chakmoh of district Hamirpur on the hill top. The temple has a natural cave carved in the hills which is considered to be the abode of Babaji. A idol of Babaji is placed in the cave. The devotees offer ‘Rot’, which is prepared with flour and Sugar / Gur, at the altar of Babaji.Goats can also be offered to Babaji as a gesture for his love. The entry of females in the cave is forbidden.However,there is a raised platform just opposite to the cave from where the females can have ‘Darshan’ of the Babaji''s idol. Six kilometers further from the temple,situated a place named "Shah-talai" where Babaji is said to have practiced Dhyana(mediatation). [edit] Story The story of Baba Balak Nath can be found in the Baba Balak nath Amar Katha. It is beleived that Baba Balak Nath ji took birth in all the yugas(periods) Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga and Kal Yuga the present age, and known by different names for each period.He was known as ‘Skanda''in ‘Sat Yuga'', ‘Kaul'' in ‘TretaYuga'' and ‘Mahakaul'' and ‘Dvapra Yuga''. In each incarnation, he helped the poors,destitutes and removed their problems and miseries. In each birth, he was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. ‘Mahakaul'' of ‘Dvapra Yuga'', while going to ‘Kailasha Parvata'', met an old woman on the way. The old lady asked about the mission and destination of Baba Ji. After knowing his desire to meet lord Shiva, the old woman advised ‘Mahakaul'' to meditate at the bank of ‘Mansarovar''river and request ‘Mother Parvati'' (who occassionally come there for bathing), help him in reaching ‘Lord Shiva''.‘Mahakaul''acted as was told and became successful in his mission of reaching ‘Lord Shiva''.On seeing ‘Balayogi Mahakaul'', ‘Lord Shiva'' became very happy and blessed Baba Ji to be a ‘Sidha symbol'' of worship for devotees till ‘Kaliyuga'' and blessed him child like image to remain for ever. In Kala Yuga Baba Balak Nath ji took birth as ''Dev''. He was born in Gujarat, Kathiabad. The name of His mother was Laxmi and his father was Vishno Vaish. Since childhood Baba Ji was always lost in ‘Bhagvad devotion''. Seeing this, his parents decided to marry him; but Baba Ji didn''t agree and left his home in search of ‘Parma Sidhi''.On his way, he came across ‘Swami Dattaitreya'' in Junagarh on Girnar hill - a historical place. It is here Baba ji learnt the basics of ‘Sidhas'' from Swami Dattaitreya and became ‘Sidha'' and came to be known as ‘Baba Balak Nath Ji''. ≈Their are two other distinct evidences of Baba Balak Nath ji"s presence.One is the tree of GARUNA.It is a bush tree still present at SHAHTLAI town.This was the tree where BABAJI used to meditate.Second is an old Police Station in Town BURSUR where some cows were kept when they destroyed the crops. Baba Ji were employed by one lady named Ratno to lookafter these cows. Baba ji practised Brahmchyra(celibacy)throughout.That is why as a mark of respect the women devotees don''t enter the sanctom sanctorum established in the ''gufa''(cave)where he is believed to have disappeared.Babaji was so engrossed in his ''tapasya''(worship) that he never consumed the ''rotis'' offered to him by Mai Ratno who had employed him for looking after her cows.Once when she criticised him for not doing his job well though being fed so well by her,he reproduced the ''rotis''(bread) hidden in a tree trunk and Lassi from the ground.

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